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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Body Language (11/25/10)

TITLE: A Second Language
By Pam Ford Davis
11/30/10


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Am I stiff necked, tight fisted and rigid? Do I gaze off in the distance when someone is speaking, sneer or stand arms folded with a look of disinterest or disgust? My body language easily becomes a tune-out factor. A needy world would pay little attention to my spoken message of love and transformation in Christ if I appear aloof, or exhibit harshness.

I recall the incident where Jehovah confused the verbal languages of man, with each hearing conversation as babbling. (Genesis 11:1-9) He scattered them because they were arrogant, rebellious and believed they could ascend to the glory of heaven. I am thankful for his love, mercy and grace which provides a way to restore relationships with him and one another.

The church is the body of Christ. The moment we receive him as Savior and Lord we receive a second language. Believers from vastly different backgrounds and cultures freely converse with the language of love.The Holy Spirit serves as interpreter, drawing us together with the bond of love.

I am eager to learn from Jesus, head of the body, his example of sacrificial body language. He offered his sinless body on Calvary’s cross as the substitute for my sins, paying my ransom and releasing me from bondage to sin. From his thorn crowned brow, nail scarred hands and feet, to pierced side and broken heart, his crucified body tenderly spoke, I love you. “No one has greater love than this that someone would lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13 HCS).”


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Lillian Rhoades 12/05/10
A great reminder of Christ's suffering for His Body, the Church. It's somewhat of a stretch to relate most of your article to the topic. You might want to review some of the other entries. Thanks for sharing. Keep submitting.
Nancy Bucca 12/06/10
I think you've got a great message here, and it relates well to the topic. It might be nice if you expanded a bit more on some of it, but I love the idea.
Brenda Rice 12/08/10
Thanks for writing this interesting piece. I can imagine a lot of body language going on when they suddenly didn't know what anyone else was saying.